Today we spent the day at home waiting for a furniture delivery. I really wanted to clean, but decided to put all my energy into my little girl instead. These days will be gone before I know it, right? The vacuüm and scrub brushes will be waiting for me tomorrow.
So we played board games including Madeline in Paris. Dear Madeline was a childhood favorite of mine and I’m pleased Munchie adores her as well. We spoke in bad French accents and pretended we lived “in an old house in Paris that was covered in vines.” Munchie learned to wink. I learned to speak Dog-Talk.
And we baked an apple cake that is already a favorite. That sweet child named the cake Madeline’s Paris Apple Cake and I think that’s perfect. Perhaps the French wouldn’t claim this as theirs nor consider it Parisian, but the name shall stay.
This cake would be nice for a brunch or tea and, of course, for dessert. We hope you enjoy this cake from our home to yours. ♥
Madeline’s Paris Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
- •3 cups flour
- •1 & ¼ cup sugar (you can add more, but we like it not too sweet)
- •1 tsp baking soda
- •1 tsp salt
- •1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- •1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- •3 eggs, whisked a bit
- •3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
- •1/2 cup applesauce
- •2 tsp vanilla extract
- •3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped (I used 2 large apples)
- •1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- Brown Sugar Glaze
- •3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- •1/4 cup butter
- •1 tsp vanilla extract
- •2 Tbsp half-and-half or cream
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13 x 9-in. pan (I used Baker's Joy in a glass pan). In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dig a well in the middle of the mix and set aside. To another bowl, add the eggs, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Mix in apples and pecans. Pour the liquid mixture into the well of the dry mixture and gently fold together just until completely combined. The batter will be fairly thick. Pour evenly into greased pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean. Set on a wire rack to cool and immediately make glaze.
- For Glaze: Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook on medium to medium-low heat, mixing constantly. Let the glaze come to a boil, turn down heat (it will continue to simmer), and stir constantly for about 3 or 4 minutes. Sugar and butter should be completely melted and smooth. Pour over hot cake and let cool before serving. *I poked holes in the cake with the thin end of a chopstick and then poured the glaze over. Not necessary, but yummy! Enjoy!